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Old 10-10-11, 07:13 AM
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The helmet mirror, it no stay

Hi, I'm more usually on the Classic & Vintage sub-forum but as this is non-C&V, I thought I'd try here. I had bought my wife a mirror for her helmet, which she promptly forgot about, until yesterday. She found it and wanted it installed. Alas, after maybe two (2) years, the peel-n-stick adhesive was no longer effective for either peel or stick.

Anyone have luck with a particular alternative attachment? I was thinking 3M automotive application adhesive (perhaps I should attach some fake-Buick portholes to her helmet while I'm at it) but prefer not to spend $$$ on three square feel of anything for a five dollar mirror.
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Old 10-10-11, 07:21 AM
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I don't know why it worked but I put cheap white glue and the mirror stayed on my helmet. The first time I tired it there was like 2 hours of rain and it fell off. After re-gluing it, it stayed.
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Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
Hi, I'm more usually on the Classic & Vintage sub-forum but as this is non-C&V, I thought I'd try here. I had bought my wife a mirror for her helmet, which she promptly forgot about, until yesterday. She found it and wanted it installed. Alas, after maybe two (2) years, the peel-n-stick adhesive was no longer effective for either peel or stick.

Anyone have luck with a particular alternative attachment? I was thinking 3M automotive application adhesive (perhaps I should attach some fake-Buick portholes to her helmet while I'm at it) but prefer not to spend $$$ on three square feel of anything for a five dollar mirror.
Just about any mounting tape will work. Command adhesive, foam mounting squares, etc. will do the job. I prefer 3M Exterior Mounting tape. Just remove the old tape (use mineral spirits) before installing the new tape.
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Those mirrors are pretty light, so I'd guess just about any two-sided tape would do the trick.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Just about any mounting tape will work. Command adhesive, foam mounting squares, etc. will do the job. I prefer 3M Exterior Mounting tape. Just remove the old tape (use mineral spirits) before installing the new tape.
Thanks, that should do it although again, AFAIK that's more than I paid for the mirror. 60" and I only need one inch but I guess the local hawrdware store doesn't sell it by the inch.
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Old 10-10-11, 09:26 AM
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I use Goop. However, it does leave you with damaged foam should you ever decide to remove it.
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I drilled small holes through the helmet foam and attached the mirror with a nylon tie strap.
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Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
Thanks, that should do it although again, AFAIK that's more than I paid for the mirror. 60" and I only need one inch but I guess the local hawrdware store doesn't sell it by the inch.
It comes in handy for other stuff too
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I repeatedly broke the glues and tapes and clips on many mirrors. I finally got mad and fixed things for good with a couple of small stainless steel bolts, washers, and nylocks. It worked so well, I did the same thing with the red light on the back side.
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I repeatedly broke the glues and tapes and clips on many mirrors. I finally got mad and fixed things for good with a couple of small stainless steel bolts, washers, and nylocks. It worked so well, I did the same thing with the red light on the back side.
I'd be leery of putting noncrushable bolts into an expended polystyrene that is meant to crush and absorb impact during a crash. Sounds like a good way of poking holes in your head
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
I'd be leery of putting noncrushable bolts into an expended polystyrene that is meant to crush and absorb impact during a crash. Sounds like a good way of poking holes in your head
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.... I prefer 3M Exterior Mounting tape...
Good stuff.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
I'd be leery of putting noncrushable bolts into an expended polystyrene that is meant to crush and absorb impact during a crash. Sounds like a good way of poking holes in your head
Might improve ventilation.
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Contact cement worked for me. If shoe goo is as good as everyone here says, it will work, too.
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Super glue. Cheap/works.
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i used super glue and the mirror stays fine. Just make sure you use CA type and it will stick ...like glue.....
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IMO Sincerely all those mirrors are a waste because if the rider dont have time, or the skills to take a peek to the mirror she could have a space ship at her back and she wont see it. Waste of money.

The same with the one that is attached to the ends of the handlebars.
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CA type
For anyone not in the know, CA is short for Cyanoacrilate.
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IMO Sincerely all those mirrors are a waste because if the rider dont have time, or the skills to take a peek to the mirror she could have a space ship at her back and she wont see it. Waste of money.
COMPLETELY inaccurate.
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IMO Sincerely all those mirrors are a waste because if the rider dont have time, or the skills to take a peek to the mirror she could have a space ship at her back and she wont see it. Waste of money.

The same with the one that is attached to the ends of the handlebars.
you are correct in saying a mirror in the hands of someone who doesn't know how to use it is worthless. Now enlighten us with something we don't already know. Why'd you bother to post that?
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Might improve ventilation.
Brains don't like ventilation
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Brains don't like ventilation
In the case of some traumatic brain injuries, they actually do: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trepanning
I'd hate to be injured to the point of requiring this, though.
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you are correct in saying a mirror in the hands of someone who doesn't know how to use it is worthless. Now enlighten us with something we don't already know. Why'd you bother to post that?
More importantly, it takes all of about 5 minutes to figure out how to use one.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
More importantly, it takes all of about 5 minutes to figure out how to use one.
That's not entirely true. Simply looking in it, yes, but to effectively know where, when and how often to look takes experience. A beginning driver for instance does not know how to use mirrors properly.

I would think the person this post is about is not in that category however.
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True.... it takes about 5 minutes to get it set up and aimed, and be able to tell what's behind you. It takes a few days of riding before it becomes automatic. I found that when I first got mine, I was looking back too much of the time and looking forward enough.
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